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Relations between Georgia and Ukraine

 

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Chronology of Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations between Georgia and Ukraine were established on 22 July 1992

 

Ambassadors of Georgia to Ukraine

Valeri Chechelashvili (1994-1998);

Malkhaz Chachava (1998-2000);

Grigol Katamadze (2000 - 2007);

Merab Antadze   (2007-2008);

Grigol Katamadze (2008 - to date).

Ambassadors of Ukraine to Georgia

Iuri Chugaenko   - Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine (1994);

Anatoli Kasianenko (1994-1996); 

Iuri Chugaenko (1996-1998);

Stephan Volkovestki (1998-2003); 

Mykola Spys (2003-2009).

Vasili Tsibenko (2009 to date).

Main Fields of Cooperation

-         Permanent political dialogue in bilateral and multilateral formats, active cooperation for the implementation of common political objectives, towards integration into the European Union and NATO. Active cooperation in the frames of GUAM.

-         Cooperation in the field of energy: the working group on cooperation in the field of energy set up in the framework of the intergovernmental Georgia-Ukraine economic cooperation commission is focused on studying the issue of Ukraine's participation in the modernization and construction of hydropower stations and power transmission lines in Georgia as well as the possibilities of attracting Ukrainian investments.

The Ukrainian side agrees to renew consideration of the issue of transferring a 6 mgwt-capacity hydro-turbine and other necessary electrical equipment to the new hydropower station ‘Borjomula' in the framework of technical assistance.

The working group on cooperation in the field of energy is in the process of preparing a set of concrete proposals for the next session of the intergovernmental commission.

-         Cooperation in the field of transport: relations in the field of transport between Georgia and Ukraine have become increasingly more active.

Of great prospect is transportation of cargoes through the route of ‘Baltic Sea-Black Sea-Caucasus-Caspian Sea, Kerchi-Poti/Batumi railway-ferry boat and combined railway project ‘Viking'.

Work in a bilateral format is underway for the construction of a competitive transport corridor through the territories of the GUAM member countries.

The working group on cooperation in the field of transport set up in the framework of the intergovernmental Georgia-Ukraine economic cooperation commission is in the process of preparing for signature a number of the following documents:

-         Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of Georgia on the arrangement of direct ferry-railway carriage between the Kerchi-Poti/Batumi ports;

-         Agreement on Air Traffic between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of Georgia;

-         Agreement on Road Traffic between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of Georgia;

Universal permissions for international road carriages are exchanged annually between the countries; in 2006 the sides exchanged 900 quoted permissions.

-         Cooperation in the field of civil aviation:

Liberalization of air flights caused intensification of activity in this sector, namely:

Ukraine-bound flights are as follows: to Kiev: National Airlines: 3 times a week, Georgian Airways - twice a week, Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines - twice a week, Tbilaviamsheni - once a week; to Kharkov: Tbilaviamsheni - once a week, Simferopol-Odessa - once a week   Donbas Airlines - once a week; from Kutaisi to Kiev: Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines - once a week; to Kharkov: Aeromost-Kharkov - once a week.

A total of fifteen flights a week.

Intensity of flights will increase even further upon the signature of a new agreement between the two countries.

There is an increasingly higher level of cooperation between the Tbilisi Aviation Institute and Ukraine's National Aviation University and other institutes of this profile. Exchange programmes and joint scientific researches are conducted with a view to sharing experience. To increase a level of flight safety, flight inspectors are assigned to undergo training courses in Ukraine.

 

Bilateral Trade Relations

Agreement on Free Trade between the Government of the Republic of Georgia and the Government of Ukraine continues to apply between the two countries.

Trade turnover growth rate between the two countries compared to the year 2005 amounts to 47,1%. Georgian export increased by 54,2%, import - by 45,9%.

 

Foreign Trade between Georgia and Ukraine (thousand, USD)                            

                  Year     

Export

     Import

     Trade Balance

2005

36 940,7     

219 370,4        

- 182 429,7                    

2006

56 956,7     

320 093,0       

-  263 136,3

 

 Growth Rate compared with 2005                                      

 

 154,2

 145,2

 -  144,2%   

                            

Export from Georgia to Ukraine (thousand, USD)

 

   2005  

 2006

 Growth Rate  (%-%)

 Wine and Alcohol  

  9 325,9     

 11 560,8

 123,9%

 Tea

 397,1 

 246,6 

  63,1

 Sugar          

 0,04      

  0,1     

  250

 

                                            Import from Ukraine to Georgia (thousand, USD)

 

  2005

 2006 

 Growth Rate  (%-%)

 Cigarettes and Cigars

 4 815,2    

   12 997,1 

 269,9

 Sugar

    697,1

 811,1

  116

 Wine and Alcohol

  14,6    

   17,7   

  121,2



For the popularization of Georgian wines, a long-term advertising programme was elaborated that contributed to the growth of Georgian exports to Ukraine. In 2006 a trade-economic department was  created under the Embassy of Georgia.



Trade Turnover in 2000-2006 (thousand, USD)                                          

 

           2000

          2001

          2002

       2003

          2004

             2005

Export

10 975

11513

12695

30221

15310

40778

Import

35372

50838

58934

80266

142380

199 511

Turnover

46347

62351

71628

110487

157690

240 289

Balance

-24397

-39 324

-46239

-50045

-127 070

-158 733



Georgian exports to Ukraine: agricultural products (fruits and vegetables), medicaments, natural grape wines, ethyl spirits, alcoholic drinks, mineral waters, ferro-alloy and oil products.

Ukrainian imports to Georgia: steel items, sunflower oil, cereals, milk products, tobacco products, electrical equipment (transformers, electric cables), etc.

-         Information on cooperation with GUAM, BSEC and TRACECA in respective links.

 

Exhibitions, Fairs, Joint Projects

For the realization of investment programmes, implementation of joint projects and popularization of homemade products on the Ukrainian markets, the following events were held:

In Ukraine:

On 26-28 April 2006, Donetsk hosted a business forum ‘Georgia-Ukraine Council of Business Circles'.

On 11-14 October 2006, International exhibition ‘International Tourism 2006' was held at the National Exhibition Centre of Ukraine.

In Georgia:

For the popularization of Ukrainian foodstuffs, a presentation ceremony of the Georgian-Ukrainian joint venture ‘Ukrainian House' will be held in 2007.

 

Important Visits

From Ukraine

2006

(30.01 - 01.02) Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Anatoly Kinakh

(19.04 - 22.04) Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine I. Lutsenko

(12.06 - 16.06) Rector of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine Nikolay Kulinich

(19.06 - 21.06) First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Andrey Veselovsky

(27.09 - 29.09) Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vladimer Khandog (on the occasion of the opening of Ukraine's Year on 28 September)

(27. 09 - 29.09) Delegation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine (on the occasion of the opening of Ukraine's Year on 28 September)

(23.11.06) President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko

(29.11 - 01.12) First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Andrey Veselovsky with his spouse

 

2007

(22.01 - 23.01) A group of deputies of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada

(01.03 - 02.03) President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko with his spouse

(29.03 - 30.03) Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Vitaly Gayduk (International Conference titled ‘Fight against Terrorism and Drug Trafficking).

 

From Georgia  

2006

(9-11 February) Parliamentary delegation led by Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia Nino Burjanadze

(3-5 April) Working visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

(8-9 May) Working visit of the Minister of Defence of Georgia

(20-21 May) Working visit of First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Valeri Chechelashvili (in the framework of the GUAM meeting)

(22 May) Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (in the framework of the GUAM meeting)

(22-24 May) Working visit of the President of Georgia (in the framework of the GUAM summit)

(26-29 September) Working visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Gela Bezhuashvili

(14 October) Visit of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia George Manjgaladze

 

Legal Framework

There are 105 international agreements signed between Georgia and Ukraine, including 20 international-legal documents. Of the documents signed 7 are intergovernmental, 49 - interstate and 49 - interagency.

In the framework of the visit of President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko to Georgia (1-2 March 2007), the following agreements were signed:

  • Agreement between Georgia and Ukraine on Mutual Legal Protection of Geographical Designations of Wines, Alcoholic Drinks and Mineral Waters;
  • Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of Georgia on Cooperation in the Field of Entrepreneurship;
  • Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of Georgia on Cooperation in the Field of Standardization, Metrology and Conformity Assessment;
  • Agreement between Georgia and Ukraine on a simplified rule for the adoption of citizenship by citizens of Georgia residing permanently on the territory of Ukraine and citizens of Ukraine residing permanently on the territory of Georgia, statelessness and prevention of double citizenship;
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of Ukraine and the Ministry of labour, Health Protection and Social Insurance of Georgia.

    Agreements signed in 2006:

    Agreement on the Training of Diplomats between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Georgia (4-5 April 2006, Kiev);

    Agreement on the Exchange of Customs Statistical Data between the Ministry of Finance of Georgia and the National Customs Service of Ukraine (22 May 2006, Kiev).

    Agreements to be signed:

  • Agreement between the Governments of Georgia and Ukraine on Cooperation and Mutual Assistance on the Issues of Tax Law;
  • Agreement on Cooperation between the Ministries of Justice of Georgia and Ukraine;
  • Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of Georgia on Employment and Social Protection of the Citizens of Georgia and Ukraine;
  • Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of Georgia on the Construction of Ferry-Railway Passage between the Kerchi-Poti/Batumi Ports;
  • Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of Georgia on Air Traffic;
  • Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of Georgia on Simultaneous tax Inspection;
  • Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of Georgia on International Road Traffic;
  • Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of Georgia on Cooperation in the Veterinary Field;
  • Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of Georgia on Mutual Cooperation in the Field of Quarantine and Protection of Plants.
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